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Emergency Dentist – Enfield, CT 

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Does something in your mouth hurt? Do you have a toothache that has become a real problem lately? Was there an accident where your tooth was broken or knocked out? If so, you need to seek out dental care as quickly as possible to relieve your pain and save your smile. When you need dental care right away, you can rely on Four Town Dental. Our team is specially trained to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, and when you call in, we will do whatever we can to see you as soon as possible. Right when you need us the most, you can trust that we will be there.

Why Choose Four Town Dental for Emergency Dental Care?

What to Do In a Dental Emergency

Woman with toothache calling her Enfield emergency dentist Dental emergencies can be sudden, chaotic, and overwhelming, so it is important that you know what to do should you ever face one. Firstly, do not panic! From there, here is what you should do in the event of a dental emergency:

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

As frightening as a dental emergency can be, it is important that you keep a level head and act fast. Taking appropriate actions can reduce your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health. As always, remember that even though you can do some things on your own to handle dental emergencies at home, you should never neglect to get professional help. Our team at Four Town Dental is proud to provide prompt, efficient, and compassionate emergency dental care for any and all of the following common dental emergencies.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

Dentist and patient discussing the cost of dental emergencies in EnfieldMany factors go into determining the cost of emergency dentistry in Enfield. Our team will carefully evaluate your situation and give you a straightforward estimate for the price of any recommended treatment. We will also help you understand how financing and dental insurance may be able to help you afford your care. Keep in mind that in most cases, the sooner you seek care, the less invasive (and less expensive!) your treatment is likely to be.

Every Dental Emergency Is Different

X-ray diagram of a toothache in EnfieldThe biggest factor that will affect the cost of your dental emergency is the nature of your oral health problem. Some issues, such as a minor infection or a small cavity, can be addressed with a simple treatment or a prescription. Other problems, such as multiple broken teeth or a severe infection, might require a more extensive (and most costly) procedure.

When you visit us for your emergency appointment, we will quickly assess the situation and provide you with a candid estimate on how much treatment will cost. If there are multiple treatments that might be able to help you, we will explain the pros, cons, and price of each one so you can make a well-informed decision about how to proceed.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

Dental insurance paperwork for the cost of dental emergencies in EnfieldMost dental insurance plans do cover some types of emergency dental treatment. You will have to check the details of your policy to find out how it applies to the various services that are often used to address dental emergencies. Often, things like fillings and simple extractions are covered at 70 – 80%, while things like root canal therapy and crowns are covered at 50%. Our team will be happy to help you file claims and navigate your coverage.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

Patient and dental team member shaking hands, discussing payment options

If your insurance will not cover treatment for your dental emergency, or it will only cover a portion of its cost, you may be eligible for other financial provisions. For example, we are proud to be partnered with CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party lender that offers low-interest and no-interest payment plans for medical and dental services. Most patients qualify for it, and the application process is quick and simple.

You might also choose to sign up for the Essential Dental savings plan. For a reasonable annual fee, you can enjoy a 15% discount on most services and even a few free services. There is no waiting period and no deductible. The Essential Dental plan is an excellent option for patients without insurance.

Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money

Happy patient at appointment for cleaning and checkup

Some trips to an emergency dentist in Enfield are unavoidable, but most are preventable via diligent routine care. If you have insurance, it probably covers cleanings and checkups at 80 – 100%, which makes such appointments an easy and affordable way to greatly reduce your risk of suffering an expensive and urgent dental problem.

When you do face an emergency, you should never let concerns about the cost of care hold you back from seeking treatment. Teeth are not capable of healing themselves, so postponing your dental visit will only give your problem an opportunity to worsen and cause you more pain. Plus, the worse a dental problem is, the more likely it is to require extensive and costly treatment. 

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Woman smiles after toothache treatment in Enfield In some cases, dental emergencies are the inevitable result of an accident or a hereditary oral health issue. In many other instances, however, these painful occurrences could have been prevented. At Four Town Dental, we are always ready to help patients in need, but at the same time, we hope that they never have to face a dental emergency. If you apply the following tips, you can greatly reduce the odds that you will find yourself in such a situation.

Maintain A Great Dental Care Routine

man flossing to prevent dental emergencies in Enfield Caring for your teeth on a daily basis can help to rid your mouth of decay-causing plaque and tartar. You should:

  • Brush for two minutes at least twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for product recommendations and coaching on proper brushing and flossing technique
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a balanced diet that is low in sugar and rich in tooth-fortifying nutrients like calcium
  • Do not smoke or chew tobacco

Get a Mouthguard for Sports & Bedtime

Closeup of patient wearing a mouthguard to prevent dental emergencies in Enfield If you play sports, even non-contact sports, it is worth investing in a high-quality mouthguard — preferably a custom one designed by a dentist. A custom mouthguard is much more comfortable and effective than any you can buy at a sporting goods store. In addition to protecting you from oral injury, these little devices may also lower your risk of concussion.

If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, you may need a different kind of mouthguard — one whose purpose is to prevent nighttime teeth grinding. It will thereby reduce premature wear and tear on your teeth.

Be Careful with Your Diet

Closeup of patient headed for a dental emergency in Enfield chewing on ice Teeth are very hard and durable. However, they are vulnerable to breakage if they are exposed to too much force. That is why it is essential that you do not use them to bite down on anything extremely hard. For example, chewing ice and biting down on hard candies are dangerous habits. Also, when you are eating popcorn or bone-in meat, you should be sure to be careful not to bite down on the hard, non-edible portions of your food.

Do Not Open Packages with Your Teeth

Patient preventing dental emergencies in Enfield by opening package with tool It can be tempting to use your teeth to open packages or tear the tags off of new clothing, but such activities run a high risk of damaging your teeth. You could easily chip your enamel. Remember, teeth are a tool for chewing food, not for other tasks. To help you stop using your teeth to open packages, you might find it beneficial to carry a small multi-tool in your pocket or purse.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Man deep in thought, has questions about dental emergencies The experts at Four Town Dental are ready to serve you in your hour of need. Before you save our number in your phone, however, you might want to learn more about emergency dentistry and how you can handle various situations. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about urgent dental care. If you do not see the information you were looking for, please contact us directly.

Will My Toothache Go Away on Its Own?

Teeth cannot heal themselves, so toothaches generally do not go away without treatment. However, there are some exceptions. If pain comes from the structures around a tooth, such as the gums or sinuses, your discomfort may eventually subside. Another instance when a toothache might disappear on its own is if the nerve inside the tooth dies. However, the infection that was causing the pain in the first place may still be present. It could continue to spread and may even lead to systemic illness. Any toothache merits a prompt visit to an emergency dentist in Enfield.

Should I Visit the Emergency Room First for Dental Emergencies?

Most hospital emergency room staff members have neither the training nor the equipment to address a dental emergency in Enfield. They might simply give you some pain medication and tell you to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. If you are experiencing any life-threatening symptoms, such as uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth or a high fever, you should certainly go to the ER. The ER is also an appropriate place to receive treatment for broken facial bones.

My Chipped Tooth Does Not Hurt. Do I Still Need to Visit?

A chip out of your tooth might be a superficial injury, but it is also possible that the inner layers of the tooth were affected and you require prompt treatment. Also, keep in mind that a chip can easily worsen. The tooth’s jagged edges might even damage your tongue or cheek. Therefore, even if you are not in pain immediately after chipping your tooth, you should still visit your dentist within a day or two of the injury.

What Should I Keep in My Emergency Dentistry Kit?

An emergency dentistry kit can equip you to handle urgent oral health problems in the best way. Here are some items that it would be good to keep on hand:

  • A small storage container with a lid
  • Sterile gloves
  • Dressings and gauze pads
  • Dental cement or a similar product
  • An oral anesthetic, such as Orajel
  • Painkillers (ibuprofen works well)
  • An ice pack
  • Dental floss
  • Contact information for our practice
  • Your dental insurance information
  • An updated list of your current medications and any medical conditions that you have been diagnosed with 
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